Vientiane - Chiang Saen vv by RV Mekong Muse Cruise

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Detailed Itinerary

  • Vientiane - Chiang Saen Itinerary
  • Chiang Saen - Vientiane Itinerary

DAY 1: EMBARKATION AT VIENTIANE

Embark for a welcome lunch onboard followed by a relaxed sightseeing experience of French-colonial architecture and Buddhist temples in this former French trading post, now capital of Laos. Vientiane is a peaceful city of tree-lined boulevards, steeped in historic shrines such as the riverside Buddhist temple, Wat Chanthaboury, with its enormous bronze seated Buddha. Hear the legend behind the golden Wat Si Muang Khmer temple, climb the Patuxay monument with its five towers which represent the five Buddhist principles of “consideration, flexibility, honesty, honour and prosperity”, and marvel at the most important Buddhist monument in Laos, the 16th century golden Pha That Luang. If you have the time and interest, explore the COPE Visitor Centre, an informative museum which highlights the ongoing impact from the Vietnam War. All proceeds support innovative projects in Laos. Enjoy cocktails on the sundeck followed by dinner onboard, showcasing chef’s signature dishes combining local and international flavours as the ship meanders along the Mekong, stopping for the night just outside of Vientiane

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 2: VIENTIANE TO XANAMKHAN

Enjoy a day of cruising on this wide and scenic part of the Mekong River, rich in verdant jungle scenery with small villages scattered along the banks. On arrival at the village of Xanamkhan the ship will moor for overnight while guests relish in sunset cocktails followed by dinner on board.

DAY 3: XANAMKHAN TO PAK LAY

After another day of stunning riverine scenery the ship stops at Pak Lay, a market town with a history as a French administrative centre. There are many beautiful colonial buildings. Overnight mooring will be close to Pak Lay.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 4: PAK LAY TO XAYABURI DAM

Set off for the quiet village of Ban Mouang to taste authentic Laotian life then guests are introduced to the stark contrast of the controversial run-of-river hydroelectric facility at Xayaburi Dam. Further upstream the ship will moor overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 5: XAYABURI DAM TO KUANG SI WATERFALL

The ship continues its cruise upstream. Guests are taken by minibus to visit the spectacular turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls where a relaxing picnic lunch is provided. The waterfall has 3 tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into shallow pools, before flowing downstream, with great swimming holes and jungle pools. There’s further opportunity to savour the abundant flora and fauna at the nearby Kuang Si Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesdays). Stroll through the beautiful gardens populated with a colourful variety of butterflies. A relaxing evening on board the ship is welcome after a busy day of exploration. The ship moors overnight just beyond the access to the waterfall.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 6: KUANG SI WATERFALL TO LUANG PRABANG

Just a short sail to Luang Prabang allows plenty of time to discover the myriad of architectural, religious and cultural wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang encompasses a multitude of Buddhist temples and royal palaces and travelling by tuktuk ensures you have the opportunity to visit all the highlights. Visit the Royal Palace Museum built in 1904 with French colonial and traditional Lao architectural influence to learn about Lao history and its royal family. Another highlight is the richly decorated former royal temple, Wat Xieng Thong with its elaborate mosaic patterns and wall carvings dating back to 1560. Local craftwork produced offers a colourful array of scarves, art work, ceramics and even more on market days. As the sun sets, climb 100 metres up Phu Si, crowned by an enormous gilded stupa called That Chomsi for a beautiful evening view over the city. Dinner will be taken onboard.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 7: LUANG PRABANG

An early start is recommended to participate in the alms offering as monks invite everyone to join in. A longstanding tradition in Laos Buddhist culture, it takes place daily as the sun rises, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading throughout the quieter back streets. Return to the ship for a well-earned breakfast then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure further exploring Luang Prabang’s historic treasures. Dinner will be taken onboard.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 8: LUANG PRABANG TO PAK OU

After a short sail, guests disembark at the charming village of Ban Xang Hay nestled on the riverbank. Famed for its rice whiskey distillation, guests are invited to watch how lao-lao is produced and bravely sample this local potent tipple. The ship sails a further 6 kilometres to the historic Pak Ou Caves overlooking the west bank of the Mekong. These are two caves set in spectacular limestone cliffs and are overflowing with hundreds of Buddha statues. The lower cave is called Tham Ting and upper cave Tham Theung. Both serve as shrines to the river spirit and Lord Buddha and the upper cave is a worthwhile five-minute climb. As the ship continues to sail a little further upstream, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the facilities on board.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 9: PAK OU TO PAK BENG

The cruise continues through rural scenery, past small riverine villages, arriving near the sleepy and charming village of Pak Beng for an overnight stay.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 10: PAK BENG TO HUAY XAI

Enjoy a leisurely stroll exploring Pak Beng and surrounding villages before continuing on the ship, sailing to the border village of Huay Xai where the river divides Laos and Thailand. The ship will stay on the Lao side for this final night.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 11: HUAY XAI AND DISEMBARKATION AT CHIANG SAEN

The ship sets sails for Chiang Saen. Disembarkation will be mid-morning. Guests crossing into Thailand will need to complete immigration requirements which can take up to an hour.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

DAY 1: CHIANG SAEN Embarkation - HUAY XAI

Embark at Chiang Saen for a welcome lunch onboard. The cruise commences downstream on the Mekong River which forms the scenic divide between Laos and Thailand. The ship will stay overnight at the border town of Huay Xai on the Lao side where guests can stroll through the village before dinner on board.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 2: HUAY XAI TO PAK BENG

The cruise continues through rural scenery, past small riverine villages, arriving at the sleepy and charming village of Pak Beng for an overnight stay.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 3: PAK BENG TO PAK OU

A relaxed sail meandering past more small villages, the ship reaches the Pak Ou Caves overlooking the west bank of the Upper Mekong. These are two caves set in spectacular limestone cliffs and are overflowing with hundreds of Buddha statues. The lower cave is called Tham Ting and upper cave Tham Theung. Both serve as shrines to the river spirit and Lord Buddha and the upper cave is a worthwhile five-minute climb. The ship moors for the night nearby.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 4: PAK OU TO LUANG PRABANG

After a short sail, guests disembark at the charming village of Ban Xang Hay nestled on the riverbank. Famed for its rice whiskey distillation, guests are invited to watch how lao-lao is produced and bravely sample this local potent tipple. Just a short sail to Luang Prabang allows plenty of time to discover the myriad of architectural, religious and cultural wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang encompasses a multitude of Buddhist temples and royal palaces and travelling by tuktuk ensures you have the opportunity to visit all the highlights. Visit the Royal Palace Museum built in 1904 with French colonial and traditional Lao architectural influence to learn about Lao history and its royal family. Another highlight is the richly decorated former royal temple, Wat Xieng Thong with its elaborate mosaic patterns and wall carvings dating back to 1560. Local craftwork produced offers a colourful array of scarves, artwork, ceramics and even more on market days. As the sun sets, climb 100 metres up Phu Si, crowned by an enormous gilded stupa called That Chomsi for a beautiful evening view over the city. Dinner will be taken onboard.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG

An early start is recommended to participate in the alms offering as monks invite everyone to join in. A longstanding tradition in Laos Buddhist culture, it takes place daily as the sun rises, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading throughout the quieter back streets. Return to the ship for a well-earned breakfast then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure further exploring Luang Prabang’s historic treasures. Dinner will be taken onboard.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG TO KUANG SI WATERFALL

The ship continues its cruise upstream then guests are taken by minibus to visit the spectacular turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls where a relaxing picnic lunch is provided. The waterfall has 3 tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into shallow pools, before flowing downstream, with great swimming holes and jungle pools. There’s further opportunity to savour the abundant flora and fauna at the nearby Kuang Si Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesdays). Stroll through the beautiful gardens populated with a colourful variety of butterflies. A relaxing evening on board the ship is welcome after a busy day of exploration. The ship moors overnight just beyond the access to the waterfall.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 7: KUANG SI WATERFALL TO XAYABURI DAM

The ship will pass through two locks as it continues its journey downstream through unspoilt countryside. Guests are introduced to the stark contrast of the controversial run-of-river hydroelectric facility at Xayaburi Dam. Further downstream a stop is made at the quiet village of Ban Mouang to sample authentic Laotian life.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 8: XAYABURI DAM TO PAK LAY

After another day of stunning riverine scenery, the ship stops at Pak Lay, a market town with a history as a French administrative centre. There are many beautiful colonial buildings. Overnight mooring will be close to Pak Lay.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 9: PAK LAY TO XANAMKHAN

Enjoy a day of cruising on this wide and scenic part of the Mekong River, rich in verdant jungle scenery with small villages scattered along the banks. On arrival at the village of Xanamkhan the ship will moor for overnight while guests relish in sunset cocktails followed by dinner on board.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 10: XANAMKHAN TO VIENTIANE

For the final day of cruising, the vessel lazily journeys along the Mekong until it reaches the Laotian capital of Vientiane. After a relaxed lunch there’s plenty of time for an incredible sightseeing experience of French-colonial architecture and Buddhist temples in this former French trading post. Vientiane is a peaceful city of tree-lined boulevards, steeped in historic shrines such as the riverside Buddhist temple, Wat Chanthaboury, with its enormous bronze seated Buddha. Hear the legend behind the golden Wat Si Muang Khmer temple, climb the Patuxay monument with its five towers which represent the five Buddhist principles of “consideration, flexibility, honesty, honour and prosperity”, and marvel at the most important Buddhist monument in Laos, the 16th century golden Pha That Luang. If you have the time and interest, explore the COPE Visitor Centre, an informative museum which highlights the ongoing impact from the Vietnam War. All proceeds support innovative projects in Laos.

Enjoy cocktails on the sundeck followed by dinner onboard, showcasing chef’s signature dishes combining local and international flavours as the ship spends its last night of the journey in Vientiane.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mekong Muse Cruise

DAY 11: DISEMBARKATION AT VIENTIANE

Disembarkation will occur after breakfast.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

Important Notes:

  • The Mekong Muse cruise is not being launched till Oct 2022.
  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED BEFORE DEPARTURE

Cabin & Rates

Roomtypes

Rates (US$/person)

Vista Suite

Mekong Muse dELUXE cABIN

20sqm/main deck
Double/twin bed
max 2 persons

Contact us for price

Signature stateroom

Mekong Muse Signature cABIN

20m2/upper deck
Double/Twin
max 2 persons

Grand Suite

Signature cABIN

30m2/upper deck
Double
max 2 persons

Tour Price/person

The tour price of this itinerary would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

Important information

What's included ?

Price Includes

This price includes: accommodation in the suite category selected, full board including themed dinners, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks for lunch and dinner, champagne welcome reception, coffee and fine tea selection available all day at dedicated venue, complimentary daily sundowner cocktail, draft beer and spirits, complimentary water during excursions and aluminium water bottle, complimentary wi-fi in-room and public areas, authentic excursions with dedicated guides as indicated in the programme, English speaking crew onboard, port charges, gratuities for the crew on board.

Price Excludes

This price does not include: visas, international flights, personal expenses and spa treatments.

Children Rates

  • Please contact us for the children's price
Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms

  • 25% of booking value is required upon confirmation.
  • Balance payment is due 120 days prior to departure

Cancellation Terms

For cancellations of bookings, the following charges will apply
  • prior 125 days to embarkation date: US$800/person
  • 91 – 124 days prior embarkation date: 60%
  • 90 days or less/ no show: 100%

Departures

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